Road to Bonnaroo Round Two at Mercy Lounge 

With Conan O’Brien recently announced as the Roo’s comedy headliner, this year’s lineup is looking more and more promising as the weeks go by. Despite strong showings from a diverse stable of artists at last month’s local Road to Bonnaroo competition — not to mention some impressively engineered laser-robot suits sported by Moon Taxi — local new wave/dancy indie-pop outfit The Non-Commissioned Officers took home the gold, meaning they’re the first of four local bands to be offered a spot at Manchester, Tenn.’s most swingin’ event of 2010. Well, round two of BMI’s notoriously competitive Road to Bonnaroo series at Mercy Lounge is upon us, meaning we’re about to throw one more local act into the mix. This week’s bill includes frontrunners and heralded synth-pop masterminds How I Became the Bomb, fellow Holly House Collective members Shoot the Mountain and Tristen — an indie-rock power trio and an idiosyncratic folk-pop songstress, respectively — frantic rockabilly troupe Hillbilly Casino, pop rockers Brenn and Modoc (a la Kings of Leon) and relative newcomers The Kicks and Tessla Rossa. As always, the 8 off 8th is free, but last month’s show reached capacity pretty swiftly. Show up early.
Mon., March 22, 9 p.m., 2010

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